Green, leafy vegetables 'may slow memory decline'

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Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables every day could ward off dementia in later life, new research suggests. The people in the top serving group ate an average of about 1.3 servings per day.

People who ate leafy veg showed a slower rate of decline on tests of memory or thinking than people who never ate them, the study found.

According to the findings of a recent study, consuming green, leafy vegetables just might make your mind 11 years younger and reduce the chances of developing dementia.

Researchers surveyed 960 participants between the ages of 58 and 99, who filled in a detailed questionnaire about their diet. Alzheimer's Research UK said that the observational nature of the investigation meant that it was impossible to conclusively say that leafy, green vegetables are any better for brain health than other vegetables.

The study was published today in the online issue of the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The participants also took part in a series of memory and thinking tests over an average of five years. The group which ate the most servings averaged 1.3 servings per day, while the group with the fewest servings ate on average 0.1 servings per day.




"Consumption of approximately one serving per day of green leafy vegetables and foods rich in phylloquinone, lutein, nitrate, folate, α-tocopherol, and kaempferol may help to slow cognitive decline with aging", the authors write.

The scientists said this was equivalent to being 11 years younger in age.

Overall, researchers found that eating more leafy, green vegetables was associated with a slower decline in memory and thinking skills.

However the results remained valid after the scientists accounted for other factors that are bad for brain health, such as smoking, obesity and how often they did physical and mental activities.

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